Free Science and Maths Learning Community
What is the Education Lab?The Education Lab is an evolving support network for Learning Mentors (tutors) dedicated to breaking down the barriers for High School STEM students (WACE and non-WACE). These barriers include financial, distance and social capital (networking and community access). This is a free open source grass roots program that can be adopted in any community by any individual. Our vision is to inspire and reinforce the desire to learn in students of Science and Math.
After a successful trial last year at St Catherines Bloom Lab we’re running the Education Lab in 2016!
We’re officially opening our first Chapter of the Education Lab at UWA after successful affiliation with the UWA guild! We’re currently recruiting volunteer Learning Mentors for 2016. Volunteers will be required to attend a training session one week prior to the commencement of the trial (scheduled for Saturday) and a debrief session following the final Education lab (scheduled for Saturday).
Semester 2 Student registration is open!Register!
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Session InformationOur sessions provide academic support for students in STEM (WACE and non-WACE) and a chance to get involved with hands on science! We operate as a learning community and we encourage students to take initiative in their own learning. We do not run classes and we are not suitable for students looking for one off intense tutoring before a a big test. Our Learning Mentors are not tutors, and thus won't know every answer, but they can show how to figure it out. This program is open to students from year 7 to year 12. Parents can drop off students and pick them at the end of the session. Students are encourage to bring along something to work on and any questions they may have. Devices are welcome, we have access to WiFi and a selection of kindly donated high school level textbooks. Parents please note, this is a volunteer run program led by passionate STEM university students who want to do some good. While we make every effort to have a range of STEM subject mentors at every session, sometimes things fall through! We appreciate your understanding. *Please note as there are limited places we may not be able to accept all student registrations, therefore we are currently collecting student interest and we will contact students to confirm their participation in the Education Lab. However we are currently working to open more Labs around Perth!*
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UWA has free parking on the weekends in yellow and red bays. To park closest to the Bayliss building (car park 3) enter via Fairway Entrance 4.Alternatively, the Bayliss Building is easily accessed using the 950 Transperth bus, which will let you off on Stirling Highway. Once inside the campus, the building can be located next to the Barry Marshall Library (previously Science Library). Need help navigating the UWA campus? Check out Lost on Campus to help you get there!
Are you a Tutor looking for professional support or someone who’s passionate about STEM education? Join us at the Education Lab!
An ideal candidate will have a background in any field of Science and/or Maths, be patient, open minded, passionate about Science or Maths, willing to learn and have/willing to obtain a Working With Childrens Check. UWA students will be able to receive accreditation of their volunteer hours on their academic transcript and reimburse fees associated with Working With Childrens check. We provide a chance for tutors to get help from their peers and learn new tutoring skills!
Register your interest to volunteer at the UWA Education Lab 2016 sessions!
The sessions run on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, from the 3rd September to the 29th October (sessions run from 10AM to 12PM, Saturdays at UWA).
Learning Mentors will be required to attend a 2 hour training session on 27th of August and a debrief session on the 5th of November.
To ensure sessions run smoothly, Learning Mentors are required to attend a 15 minute brief/ debrief at the start and end of each Education Lab session. Learning Mentors will have an opportunity to run hands on science activities or bring along any STEM related activities they’re working on. During the remainder of the session you’ll provide help to high school students in their learning, and have the chance to network and learn from other Learning Mentors.
Minimum of 6 x 2 hour sessions on Saturday (minimum of 4 lab sessions, training and debrief).
If you’re interested, complete the online application form here: http://goo.gl/forms/s74te24IEhUmLClN2
Email your Resume (with reference), Academic transcript and a copy of your Working With Children Check to email@example.com.
Applications close 20/08/2016
enkel living labs
The Education Lab was created through the Living Labs forum run by local WA changemakers enkel . The enkel Living Labs is a prototype into the 'living labs' concept. Over a three month period in 2015, we developed and tested several living labs in an exploration into collaborative communities and innovation. Our Living Labs are designed to be open-research projects, focused on collaboratively tackling challenges relevant to a community. The education lab was one of three living labs that came out of the enkel living labs process. enkel's living labs is now developing into a network of collaborative research groups for change in WA. The education lab is a part of this broader community.
Why are we doing this?
One Living Labs participant felt strongly that education should be free and access to good quality education shouldn’t be limited to those that can pay. From her experience as a tutor, when students lack a proper understanding of basic science and maths concepts, this hinders their learning process at a university level. It makes them feel like the subject is out of their intellectual reach, and it becomes a negative learning experience. As a result, students learn only to satisfy course requirements rather than fostering a love for the subject and actively reaching their potential. The Education Lab aims to help students work through these issues by spending time showing students how to solve problems rather than focusing on the answer. We also aim to level the playing field and create opportunities for all students to get involved with local science community regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Learning community for tutors
The Education Lab’s learning community is not only for students but also for Learning Mentors. Our Mentors are a mix of STEM university students and graduates working in the field. We provide a peer support network, where mentors can meet, share ideas and attend workshops to help improve their skills. By creating these communities students and Mentors can form support networks with their respective peers. This facilitates a collaborative learning environment empowering students to stay in STEM fields and create their own future opportunities.
Our Founding team (Stephanie Yoong, Ella Ganfield and Denise Lou) is made up of passionate individuals who believe everyone should have access to education and opportunities regardless of the socioeconomic status. We come from a range of backgrounds such as Science, Education and Entrepreneurship. Our vision for the future is to create a network of Education Labs across the country by involving university students, community groups and businesses.
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